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"The Baytown Outlaws": The Title Says It All
on September 10, 2013
A mysterious woman Celeste (Eva Longoria) hires three redneck outlaw brothers Brick (Clayne Crawford), Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore) and McQueen Oodie (Travis Fimmel) to rescue her kidnapped godson Rob (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). And she pays 5,000 dollars up front. The Oodie brothers, running out of money, are ready to accept. The problem is, though they are able to get the boy, an army of hired thugs stand in the way before their mission is completely over.
"The Baytown Outlaws" directed and co-written by Barry Battles (his feature debut) starts out promisingly. And you know, the villain is played by always reliable Billy Bob Thornton. Sadly, the role doesn't give him much to work on. The same can be said about the character played by Zoë Bell, though both players are doing their best. Eva Longoria doesn't have much to do.
The film's bloody and over-the-top shoot-outs didn't bother me much. Neither did the stereotypical descriptions of the characters, which I think is intentional. Some may compare this with Tarantino and "Mad Max" movies. I am not sure the comparison is valid; violent as they are, directors like Quentin Tarantino and George Miller have distinct styles in dialogue and action, which are missing in "The Baytown Outlaws." In fact, "The Baytown Outlaws" takes itself too seriously in its final act, posing philosophical questions which few of us would be interested in.
With a weak subplot about a local sheriff (Andre Braugher) and an ATF agent (Paul Wesley), "The Baytown Outlaws" slowly loses its steam despite several interesting oddball characters. The movie is enjoyable, but it could have been more so with a better script.